Derbyshire recent sightings September

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 17.59.47I’m writing this post about the recent rare sightings over Derbyshire, and some of them are at places we’ve been too.  There has been 72 pink-footed geese on Kinder Scout near Castleton on the 15th, and something that really surprised me was that there’s been a grey phalarope at Carsington Water, where we often go, on the 13th.  There has also been a manx shearwater (it was blatantly lost, of course) on Wyver Lane in Derby, and it also turned up at Carsington.  The site seems to have had a battering of rarities recently, and along with the phalarope and shearwater, there has also been a spotted redshank earlier in the month.  There has also been a black tern at Willington Gravel Pits on the same day as the manxie, and a bittern at the same location earlier this month.  We did see whimbrel in Scotland, but in late August there was one at Dove Holes about ten hours closer to us than the Rhu Peninsula!